ACCESSIBLEACCOMMODATION

I come across many establishments that claim wheelchairfriendly status, and have decided to start featuring some of the places I’vevisited. Most offer seasonal rates,so always check for specials! Happy Travels

The Westin CapeTown 4★ Hotel

The concierge will assist you to alight from your carat the front entrance, and then park it in the basement parking. There are fiveaccessible, king size, non-smoking rooms with roll-in showers, but the mirrorsbehind the basins don’t extend low enough for seated guests. I enjoyed thecurtain panels (with a long wand for opening and closing). The coffee machineis on the lowest shelf, but the cups, tea, coffee and implements are too highto reach. The swimming pool on the 19th floor has fantastic view ofthe harbour. The Spa cubicles accommodate wheelchairs and they have roll-inshowers. R1990 per room per night

Elizabeth’sGuest House 4★,Bloubergstrand, Cape

Elizabeth’s is in a housing complex that backs onto anature reserve with bird watching options from the garden or through the largesash windows in the lounge. The accessible room has all necessary facilities plusa bathroom with a tub (seating on both ends), a roll-in shower and a toiletarea with its own basin with hand shower. The double vanity clears the kneesand basket sets on rollers take your towels and goodies. A halogen unit heatsthe room on cold winter nights! I love their touch lamps. One touch switchesthe light on low, touch again for more light. There is a room next door for anassistant. R540 per person per night including breakfast

Bushstoep Game Lodge, Hoedspruit, Limpopo

This game lodge has been adapted to accommodate peoplewith disabilities. In some instances they don’t quite get it right but they arevery keen to assist! We are sending a report to them with Universal Access advice.Special features include a double, self-catering, room with a plunge pool and ajaccuzzi with a hoist; an accessible outdoor shower, a game drive vehicle thathas an access lift plus space for wheelchairs and a manual elevator to take youto the top of their majestic lookout point. One can rent automatic quad bikesand go for bush walks with the game ranger. Meals are available from theirrestaurant. R350 per person per night self catering

On The Wheel,Villeria, Pretoria

Jeff Thomas, a quadriplegic, is creating affordable, accessible,self-catering accommodation for people with disabilities visiting the nearby hospitals.The ground floor has a lounge, kitchen and two accessible rooms, one with an electricallyoperated bed. There are plans for a ceiling hoist into the wetroom, and add asecond en-suite wetroom for the downstairs bedroom. Upstairs has two rooms anda bathroom for family or assistants. Outside there is a large, covered patio witha braai and a ramp-accessed pool with adjoining jaccuzzi. Jeff is also buildingan outside gym with accessible change rooms and ablutions. This property willbe ready by the end of July 2012. From R250.00 per person per night.

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